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tonight we have the whole wide world talking about syria's new intentions. a trip inside the mind of miley cyrus and more. we begin with the interview people are talk about around the world inside and outside the catholic faith. pope francis saying the church he lead much end its preoccupation with abortion, homosexuality. holy thursday he washed the feet of prisoners including female prisoners even a muslim woman. then came a twitter account, francis becoming the first leader of the roman catholic church to pose for selfies.
first to say this about gay people telling reporters "if someone is gay and he searches for the lord and has goodwill who am i to judge." when asked what kind of church he dreams of pope francis said quote we cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. this is not possible. i have not spoken much about these things and i was reprimanded for that. when we speak about these issues we have to talk about them in a context. the teaching of the church for that matter is clear and i am son of the church. but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time." the conversation continues tonight with andrew sullivan founder of the dish. international scholar anne-marie slaughter president of the new american foundation and democratic strategist and cnn political commentator cornell belcher. sebastien younger will be in our fifth chair shortly. andrew i read a lot about this on your web site today. >> for me it was a terribly moving day. i think for a lot of us
catholics who feel like we've been in a bit of a wilderness for awhile not really comprehending why the hierarchy has been so unfeeling and really out of touch with the way real catholics want their faith to live. suddenly this pope took faith out of the head and put it back in the heart and soul. >> what does that mean? >> it means that he's not as interested in nailing down doctrines and insisting the way that the previous two popes have done on absolute orthodoxy in all doctrinal questions. no. his role is to lead the way in showing mercy to the world, in healing the world, in being in his body and his soul a vessel of jesus's love. and that is the message that our church has to bring. it's the fundamental message. and all the other things fall by the wayside. what he was saying is that the church has become like the pharisees. his role is the role of jesus to say i'm not disputing necessarily all the doctrines. i'm just saying for attitude is
wrong. >> this isn't a change in doctrine. this is not suddenly going to start having gay marriages in rome. this is a change in rhetoric? >> a return to the second vatican council. the second council really got rid of the papacy as an authoritarian church. it said the truth of the church is founded both in the people of the church and in history and scripture and the hierarchy. all of us together. in this conversation he had, he used the word infallible. and he used it about the people of god seeking god. and he talked about certainty and the danger of certainty. he said that if you have a priest or bishop or pope that tells you absolutely with absolute certainty that he knows who god is, beware. he doesn't. that proves he doesn't know. we have to open ourselves to doubt as well as faith so we surrender to god and help god guide us towards what he wants us to be. >> andrew, he also reminded us
of the basic teaching on poverty, right? he returned to the messages that all this has to be in the context of lifting people up from poverty and the social teachings of the church. so it wasn't -- there were teachings there. i heard him really as saying, this is a different tradition. it's the tradition of humility, it's the tradition of inclusion. it reminded me that catholic with a small c means inclusive, right? >> i also think there's a bit of reality here. so if he's also the brand -- sort of the brand steward. one of the things he said was fascinating to me. i'm not a catholic but fascinate, to me. if the church fails to find a new balance between its spiritual and political mission its moral foundation will fail. and if you look back at polling from earlier last year, 60% of catholics thought the church was missing it. they were not happy with where the church was going. they weren't happy with where the church was. they thought the church was missing it. i think here you have someone
who's putting the brand back on the right track -- i know you cringe because you're catholic. >> please. >> i love how you say everything in the focus of a pollster. the pope's brand. >> it's putting the brand back on the right track, lining the brand back up with where catholics are. >> you don't think he thinks in those terms. >> i don't think he thinks in those terms. and i didn't see that emphasis on the social teaching in this particular conversation. what i saw was his belief that god is in ordinary people, the sanctity of ordinary people, the sanctity of everyday life that he embraced. and what's interesting is he's no longer in that papal palace. he called it inverted funnel. >> right. >> people only come in in dribs and drabs. >> for those who don't know, he's not limping in the palace that benedict and other popes have lived in he's staying in santa clara? >> he's staying in the same hostel he stayed in during the conclave. except he was in room 207 then, now 201. you ask him why?
he said community. i want to be with other people. i want to be like a good jesuit is, with the people of god at the margins of society. so of course when he comes to the question of homosexuals, for example, he sees us at the margins of society. that's where jesus would be. >> let me read what he said actually about gay people. he said a person once asked me in a provocative man manner if i aapproved of homosexuality. i said tell me when god looks at a gay person does he endorse the existence of this person with love or reject and condemn this person? we must always enter into the mystery of the human being. >> true faith must have mysticism in it. god by definition is beyond our understanding by definition. so we can know from hints and guesses from scripture, from the life of jesus, from the lives of the saints, what it is to be a follower of jesus.
but it can't be written down. it's not about these extremely rigid orthodoxies which he calls ideologies. he's also keen to say, and this is critical, that when the church starts upbraiding in spaces of power, when it starts exercising control over people's lives through politics, it's losing its fundamental mission. it has to break free. he said get out of the spaces of power. start the historical processes. it's a journey. his faith is a narrative. it's a story. just as jesus didn't have a theology. >> he's more a storyteller. >> he's a parable teller, storyteller. he's always thinking god is about you it's about me, the individual. what jesus said was that you matter. and to hear him say that about gay people? i mean, it's very powerful. i mean, those of us who have lived in the church and stuck with the church and believed in
the church, to see this human being embrace us and treat us as equals, not as these intrinsically disordered, morally objectively immoral people that the previous pope called us, to actually see us as human beings made in the image of god is a revolution. it doesn't mean the doctrines will change. >> yeah. >> but the doctrines he's trying to tell us aren't the most important thing. the most important thing is love. >> i want to bring in father thomas reese a senior analyst for the national catholic reporter. father thanks for being with us. what did you make of the pope's comments? andrew was talking about this pope as a storyteller. that's something i think that resonates with you as well. >> absolutely. i think that this pope, like jesus, tells stories. he doesn't work out of abstract philosophical categories that are unchanging. he talks in stories. for example, i love the way he talks about the church as a mother. you know, when we go home for thanksgiving, we want to be
hugged by our mother. we want to be greeted with warmth and love. not a nagging parent. we've had too much in the church where the church has been a nagging parent who tells us everything that's wrong with us. what pope francis wants to do is hug us and tell us about god's love for us, tell us how jesus came to talk about god's love, his mercy, his compassion, and how we should do this to one another. >> so father reese, does something then change? i mean once you have the man who's running the church who's leading the church saying these things, how does that filter down or does it? >> i think the way it filters down is, he is modelling for us what it means to be a good priest, what it means to be a good bishop, even what it means to be a good christian. you know, that we should be compassionate and loving towards our brothers and sisters. we should be concerneded about the poor, about the people who are being killed in syria, about the people whose food stamps are
being cut right now in congress. these are the things that a loving christian is concerned about because we're all one family. and we have to be -- take care of one another as we would in one family. you know, we might have disagreements. but all families have arguments. but what we do is we stick together as a family and love one another. >> it's interesting, andrew, that he's done all this without criticizing benedict, the previous pope who's obviously still alive and i assume listening very carefully to all of this, but it's clearly a huge shift in language and philosophy. >> yes. it is a revolution. he's very respectful of him. speaks of pope benedict xvi like a great grandfather in the house he looks to for advice and support. he's very tender towards him as he would be. but what i noticed is the first thing he said, too. he didn't say "i am the pope i am infallible." he said "i am a sinner." >> it's the humanity.
>> he has taken the hierarchy and flattened it. >> that's what he said -- the fact that he describes himself as a sinner, i've never heard a pope really use that kind of language. >> no. because he's not afraid, you see? you can feel the lack of fear in him. because god banishes fear. there is nothing to fear for a pope letting go of power and living just a life of an example. and francis, you see, francis the name francis tells you a lot. st. francis was so pathologically opposed to wielding power he wouldn't even run his own order. he believed that the genius of jesus was in abandoning power, surrendering himself because he had no fear, because he loved god and god loved him. and that opening of the church, and anderson, i'm a christian because i really believe the world needs -- needs this badly. we need to be healed. we need to reach out to one another. and we need to treat each other not as abstractions but as humans, all of us. in equal dignity.
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welcome back to "ac 360 later." we're talking now about the vote expected in the house tomorrow on a bill to fund the government but strip funding for obamacare. a bill that probably can't pass the senate, definitely face as presidential veto if it does hard line conservatives in the house and senate are pushing for it a lot of their colleagues are warning against it. political observers who once talked about democrats being the self-destructive party are now saying the same about gop. back with our panel also republican strategist and film maker author sebastian young best seller "war" award-winning documentary. richard let me start off with you. as a republican how do you see what's going on in your party right now?
>> when i grow up i want to speak like andrew sullivan. >> i think we all do, yeah. >> it's like listening to rex harrison in "my fair lady." it's just fabulous. >> what's even worse he has no notes. i'm sitting here with a pack of notes. he's got nothing but like i don't know allegedly water in his cup [ laughter ] >> holy water, apparently. >> go ahead. >> well what you said in the intro you were correct. these things go in cycles. one day the democrats are going to collapse and they're going to splinter into 100 different parties, then the next day they're all together and the republicans are going to splinter into 100 different parties. to start with, there's a misconception i think on the coasts that somehow obamacare, the aca, is this wildly popular pete of legislation that people out in the world or in the countryside really want to move ahead with. let's go back in time for a couple of years when nancy
pelosi got 219 democrats to literally walk the political plank and vote for the aca in march of 2010. everybody said, well, she can control her caucus. she really controls her caucus. she controlled it by marching it right off the plank and lottst lost 63 votes and control of the house. it's not likely they'll get it back before the 2000 -- >> cornell the pollster for obama his head is about to explode. >> i knew i'd get filter need this conversation sometime. >> i love it. this is why richard is so good. notice how he pivoted from talking about the civil war to i'm going to attack obamacare? that is brilliant, rich. i bet you're happy you're actually not working for the speaker now. because rich it is an all out civil war. we democratses have been dysfunctional for a long time. you got to admit the dysfunction we're seeing right now with the "wall street journal" coming out against you, the chamber of commerce coming out -- chambers of commerce coming out against
republican leadership, conservative senators from north carolina saying this is ridiculous. karl rove putting his own polling out there showing how independents don't want to see this happen. you guys say, i'm a democrat and not even -- we've been dysfunctional but this level of sort of high out in the open dysfunction is amazing. we're all going to suffer because of the republican civil war because they control the house. as you can see right now, they very well may take us to the brink of collapse. and one things that bernanke talked about the other day was that this uncertain of what's going to happen splitticly. that's why he can't sort of pull back. this is a problem for our country. >> sebastien, do you think people who are not involved in cable news every single day like yourself are following this as much as we think they are? >> sane people. >> people who have lives? >> you know, i think it's sort of like listening to your parents fight. and it doesn't mean your parents are equally wrong, you know? but i think it's sort of this din upstairs in the bedroom. like why can't they stop?
i mean i should say i'm a democrat. i am very puzzled by the republicans. >> i'm a republican. and i'm puzzled by them, too. >> go ahead. >> i read recently in the "new york times" yesterday that republican action committees are spending more money attacking republicans than attacking democrats. in other words, the gulf within the republican party is wider than it is between the republicans and the democrats. that's terrible news for the country, i think. >> andrew, do you think there'll be a shutdown? >> i wouldn't bet against it. i mean, i don't know. i don't think any know, either. what i find remarkable is that they're prepared not to know. carry on as if it doesn't matter if the federal government keeps running. it doesn't matter if we don't pay our debts on time. these things do matter. i think people are very happy to have a good solid debate, rich, about obamacare and whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. the public i think is pretty evenly divided on this at this
point insofar as they understand what on earth it is. but to use things like shutting the entire federal government down as part of your fight, or actually risking the credit of the united states which means a really dangerous thing for the economy, people could lose their jobs, the economy could slow down. i think there comes a point in which the american people say look, can't you just grow up? can't you just have these debates, accept that you've lost an election and carry on? >> but it's a fundraising tool for a lot of politicians out there. they're raising money off this idea of stopping obamacare, aren't they? >> they're raising money but they're spending it against each other, right? they are spending more like on the republicans who won't sign up to this against them and threatening them all with primary fights. >> democrats raising money defending obamacare as well. >> that's kind of a broad statement. i don't think the interfighting is more than the money that's being spent across parties. maybe now because we're not in
the general election cycle yet. but i think that what republicans are doing -- remember when the part of the constitution, the reason that we have members of the house who are re-elected every two years and have to live in the state in which they serve unlike the british system, is so that they listen to their constituents. we don't have to like what our constituents are telling them. but i am telling you, i write this column called mullings three days a week. i have a number of members of the house that read it. and they were telling me last week that people were on fire against the immigration package, against the going to war in syria, and against obamacare. and that's what they're elected to represent. again, we don't have to like it. and that's why we have a u.s. senate because they take a longer view. >> but that's not the issue. that's exactly what boehner and others are saying is you can be opposed to all this stuff, but shutting down the government as your way of making a stand is crazy. it's not about what you're
standing for, it's the tactics that you use and the damage you then do to the country. >> well, one of the things -- i'm sorry. go ahead and finish. >> cornell, do you think is obamacare as unpopular in the polls? >> no, it's actually rather divided. i will grant you this, rich. we democrats did not do a very good job of selling it up front which gave you all an incredible opening. but rich you got to admit that the american people want more than anything else to sort of find common ground. and you've got to admit that this is ultimately not good for your brand. actually you should ask rich. what is he hearing from the insiders? do the republican insiders think that the government is going to be shut down? >> they don't know, either. they don't have any idea. but look, this is only what, the 19th or 20th. we got ten days to go. any brinksmanship in washington. we could go to war twice in ten days. >> there are people in this country with pre-existing conditions who can't get insurance.
i mean, can we get real about this? >> you're right, andrew. >> this is not a distraction called obamacare. for example, the republicans have no plan whatsoever to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions like me and many other people can buy health insurance that they can afford. they have no way of providing that. obamacare does. and that's a huge gain for so many people. security that we won't be bankrupted by health conditions. >> andrew it's not the concept. i absolutely agree with you. this is the wealthiest country in the history of countries. and there is no reason for any person living in america not to have quality health care available to them. i couldn't agree with you more. the issue is in the implementation of it. and i think that's where we get into trouble when it comes to obamacare. >> but the republicans have no plan to provide that health care or the opportunity to get that health care. >> sometimes no plan is better than a really bad plan. >> they have nothing. [ overlapping speakers ]
>> i'd rather have a bad plan that gets me insurance than nothing at all. >> yeah. because you make a lot of money so it's not going to -- >> no i'm with you. i'm another poster child of a pre-existing condition. >> if i have hiv and i lose a job, i can't get insurance period. >> yeah, i understand. you can but it's just going to be really expensive. but look what's going on, though. it's not just -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> for somebody who's hiv positive who can't get insurance if they lose their job, do you really think no plan is better than what you say is a bad plan? >> i bet they don't think no plan is better. >> no. i mean, i have heart disease. i'm in exactly the same condition. i mean, i have a long-term pre-existing condition that will probably kill me at some point. and without a job i can't get health insurance. what i'm saying is that that is wrong. we ought to be able to get health insurance. what i'm also saying is that this cobbled together billion-page bill that's costing everybody going to cost everybody more money is not the
right approach. i don't know what the right approach is. >> there are people dying. >> i could argue against whether this is costing a lot of people a lot of money. new poll says six out of ten people who don't have health insurance now will get it for less than $100. those are the people your party needs to gather if they're going have a big tent. [ overlapping speakers ] >> a republican proposal for universal health care. i'd love it if you got rid of the employee mandate. [ overlapping speakers ] >> we're going to leave it there. rich galen, thank you very much. up next, syria u.s. satellites detected chemical weapons being moved around according to u.s. intelligence committee. unclear why. deadline to reveal information about its chemical weapons stockpile fast approaching saturday. we may soon learn what assad's motives are. john kerry today called out both syria and russia. lots more to talk about when we come back. ♪
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in two days the syrian regime according to the agreement worked out between the u.s. and russia is supposed to provide information on its chemical weapons stockpiles and where the weapons are stored. remains to be seen if bashar al assad will comply there is intelligence that the chemical weapons are being moved. russia insists the -- also joining us is vladimir posner,
well-known russian journalist who did a lot of work on american television from the 70s through the 90s. appreciate you joining us tonight, vladimir. what is your perspective on where russia is vis-a-vis syria? >> oh, i think it's pretty clear from what putin said. don't use weapons right now. they're not going to help. you could even kill assad. it's not going to solve the problems we see in other countries of that region. there seems to be a general acceptance that international control is a possibility, and it should be tried out. that's where russia stands. not only russia, china which for some reason nobody talks about china for i don't know why but the fact of the matter is that it stands right by russia on that issue. so i think it's a good move. i know it angers a lot of people, because putin kind of
stole the limelight and pulled the rug out from some people. but i think it's a pretty good offer and it should be tried. >> andrew, you're happy that russia stole the limelight. >> i am absolutely. i think that getting russia and china to exercise responsibility rather than be free riders in the global international order ace good thing. i think america doing everything is counterproductive a lot of the time. we're loathed if we do something, hated if we don't do something. it's a no-win situation for the united states, especially after iraq where our moral credibility and our hard power credibility was destroyed. >> what happens if saturday they don't meet the timetable? and they are moving weapons around? >> the pressure is on putin at that point and the chinese. why are you not controlling your client? >> but the pressure i think we're actually coming up on a watershed moment. because i think we know where he's got stuff. we know almost all of it. and if he gives us a list that is clearly not serious, as i
think is very likely, at that point it's up to -- we'd be crazy to just say okay, russians, you push him around. that way lies months of stalling. at that point i think there's a real possibility we've still got our ships there. we're still capable of striking. and at that point i think there's a real chance we say, you're not serious. you're not going to play. we strike. and i don't think he goes back to congress, either. >> what do you do with the weapons all over again? >> no. at that point they come back to the table. >> you strike or you strike out. that's what you do. you don't strike that. strike doesn't do anything except really kill a lot of innocent people who will be hit by that strike. it's not going to change assad at all. he's not that -- he's not my friend. >> that's what brought him to the table in the first place. only the threat of force did he come to the table. >> vladimir -- >> it didn't work in iraq. >> this has nothing to do with iraq.
but it's only the threat of force that brought him to the table. >> it's the same kind of thing. it's america being the 800-pound gorilla and we're going to throw bombs at him. and it's not going to help. i certainly am no fan of assad, believe me. i'm just saying, this doesn't lead to anything. if there's anything that does it's trying to get a political solution. i say try for that. >> we are trying. >> my first war was in bosnia. i went there in 1993. some years later i was in kosovo. both of those wars -- of course russia had very strong relations with the serbs with milosevich. in both of those wars the russians objected very very strongly to using any kind of force. finally in 1995, after 7,000 men and boys were massacred by the serb force, nato conduct add two-week bombing campaign against russia's objections and it ended the war. of course there were civilian casualties. of course a lot of bad things happened. this was on the heels of 100,000
civilian deaths. the fact that russia is against this, if you look into recent history, their vote in bosnia made no sense. i mean, no one is questioning the decision in bosnia to stable country now. it's not filled with love and joy, but it's not in civil war. >> also russia had no problem being involved in chechnya. there were russians intimately involved with the dictator there. >> one is to keep assad from using the weapons again. whether he moves them around becomes very, very important. the other i think is a matter of principle. this is classified as a crime against humanity. they're using nerve gas against civilians. they've killed 1400 people. i mean, the problem with mass weapons is that with one push of a button you can kill 100,1,000,10,000. that's the problem with them. that's why it's a crime against humanity. so this is partly about the weapons in syria right now. it's also partly to send a message to the world that if you
use -- if you conduct a crime against humanity there is repercussions. >> so if come saturday he doesn't live up to this timetable and there's more reports about them moving around, is obama right to strike? i mean andrew you say no. >> i think we have to give the process time to work. i mean, i think we should test his seriousness. my basic criterion is these weapons are not used again. and my worry, sebastian, with a symbolic act is that it's a symbolic act. it doesn't actually advance anything. it may actually make assad more likely to use chemical weapons. >> no. >> and i don't think the situation in syria, which is a very different situation than bosnia, would somehow come to a peace agreement. just by bombing. >> no, no. no one is suggesting that. what the president is saying is there have to be repercussions for this kind of crime. and my understanding of the intelligence is that they have -- the u.n. inspectors have calculated pretty precisely where those rockets were fired
from. there are military bases on high ground in damascus. so a, i doubt there'll be any or significant civilian casualties if they hit military bases. but b, it's not symbolic. they're hitting the bases that conducted this crime. >> how would that advance? what would that lead, to sebastien? >> what's doing nothing lead up to? >> right now we have russia and china saying we're trying to secure the chemical weapons. >> what it leads to, assad's used these weapons multiple times. there was a defector this week who said we now think they've been used dozens of times. he only when we threatened force and he thought literally we were going to strike -- wait a minute -- that he thought we were going to strike right then did suddenly he admit that he had them and that he reached the deal. what happens if we strike is we make it clear, we are serious. woer diplomacy is --
>> serious with what? >> our diplomacy is backed by the threat of force. if he does not live up to the deal he will be punished. he's afraid of that. >> don't you think that as soon as we bomb he will say the deal is off? >> no, i don't. >> i do. >> no. i don't. >> i don't think you know assad very well. >> it simply won't happen. that's all. >> i just don't see what this achieves. >> you seriously degrade his ability to use these weapons again, and you make clear that if you use them you either have to live up to diplomacy or there is actual punishment. but at that point he knows we are serious. and it depends how we strike. but what we've said is, you said we should give the process a chance. we did. we said one week you tell us where the stuff is. at six weeks later you let in inspectors. a year later it's gone. if we're not even willing to get serious the minute he actually welshs on the deal we're looking at months. >> i just do not understand what
the end game is here. i do not understand what we think we can do. do we really think -- >> we can stop him from using these weapons again. >> by bombing? >> yes. >> i think it increases the likelihood. >> how? he won't be able to. >> it's his strongest weapon. if his back is against the wall he's going to use his strongest weapon. >> i would like to jump in here. i mean i'm a bit slow because it's half past 3:00 in the morning here in london so i hope you'll forgive me. look, this thing about striking, i understand that the united states is simply losing face when it doesn't do this. there's a hunger, there's a desire to punish assad. i'm all for punishing assad. and i'm all against using any kind of chemical weapons. that's clear enough. what i'm saying and what i think putin is saying is it's not going to help. it's going to make things worse, not better. to try to do it this way. of course if he doesn't comply find a way to put pressure on him. economically, whatever. don't kill people. because he's going to go on doing it.
i'm saying that this bombing thing is not a way to solve the problem. and bosnia is no parallel. you have the entire nato that was supporting this and the people. the majority of americans don't want this. the majority of syrians don't want this. [ overlapping speakers ] >> it's the only way we've gotten anything is the credible threat of force. the only way. and if it's not credible nothing happens. >> vladimir, great to have you on the show. major topic change coming up. i'm not even sure how to make this topic change. i don't even want to tell you what's coming up. it's going to amuse you. ♪ and compare costs. it doesn't usually work that way with health care. but with unitedhealthcare, i get information on quality rated doctors, treatment options and estimates for how much i'll pay. that helps me, and my guys, make better decisions. i don't like guesses with my business,
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♪ all right. it was the twerk heard around the world. we're talking about miley cyrus. the reason we bring it up tonight frankly is because her dad was on piers morgan earlier tonight. in sort of a surreal interview. billy ray cyrus was on piers morgan live. hear what he had to say about his daughter's transformation. ♪ >> she's just miley. she's an artist. she's real. i think that what's happened over the years, miley has been reinventing her sound. she's evolving as an artist herself. i think that it's all of what everyone is calling controversy
now. that's still my miley. she could have stayed hannah montana forever and made a great living doing that, but she's more of an artist than that and she wanted to evolve. and she had to take her time, let that evolution take place. and again, she's very, very smart. and she's had all of this thought out in advance. >> and yeah, we're back. andrew sullivan has gone into his special place and imagining the pet shop boys are singing in his head and that's how he's going to weather this entire segment. we're joined by dr. drew pinsky from hln. first of all i don't understand why people's minds are blown by miley cyrus. isn't this what every singer has done since elvis presley? the parents council back then said what he was doing was shocking and shocking. and now her album, her song is the number one single? >> i think first of all full transparency. i'm a big fan of twerking.
big fan. i'm probably going to a strip club when i leave here [ laughter ] >> but i think one of the most interesting parts -- >> i knew you like poles. thank you very much. >> i've been poling a long time. [ audience boos ] >> tip your waiters. there is an element here that some would argue is racial because actually african-american artists have been twerking for years. but when you get this sort of pure hannah montana all of a sudden putting out a twerk video it becomes something bigger. the most interesting part of the story to me is actually cher. cher who attacked miley saying i have no problem with what you're doing but you're not very good at it. attacking her as a poor dancer. >> then walk that back a little bit saying, i shouldn't have said so much about her and she's doing what she's doing. >> i have to say, i'm the mother of teenagers. >> does it freak you out? >> no, it doesn't freak me out. what i mostly look at is, she didn't do what teenagers do as a teenager. she was on the disney channel her entire teenagehood.
so it doesn't particularly surprise mee she's breaking loose. >> it's not like she's completely flipping out and doing what justin bieber seems to be doing, doing odd things in places. she's making a business decision. seems like a pretty smart one. people are talk about her. >> that's exactly right. what people's minds are blown by is the segue from syrian civil war to hannah montana. blowing everybody's minds. >> i'm still trying to recover from that. >> thanks for drawing attention to that. i appreciate it. >> andrew is crossing his arms. andrew sullivan body language school. i've now become familiar with. that's a bad sign. >> deeply honored to be a part of this. thanks for bringing me into this part of the conversation. be that as it may, we actually have not brought it up tonight. by the way, i've known billy ray in particularly for awhile. they are really lovely people. they are not concerned about their daughter. and he was very clear on piers
tonight it was an artistic discretion. her decision to do this. he's not super comfortable with it. it's her artistry. she's an adult woman. what's freaking out she was hannah montana and she's rebelling hard against that. what bothers me is people are all the time making the accusation this is some sort of mental illness. this is so vastly different from what happened to britney spears or amanda bynes. i find it so disturbing that people can't make that assessment, here's somebody making an artistic choice you may not like, it may bother you, you may not like it as a parent or kids who watch hannah montana. to say this is illness, people, we need to help people understand what illness really is. >> i just don't understand. it seems like so obviously designed to make people talk about it and get people upset that why fall into that trap? why not just accept it for what it is? and yet we're talking about it. >> yes. >> all right. >> and somewhere in america miley cyrus is still twerking. >> anybody else or can we move on?
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>> nfl football player, holloway, was in florida. he has a house in upstate new york. and his son suddenly started tweeting him and showing him that 2 to 300 kids had broken into his house, were having a party in his house and tweeting about it and showing pictures about it. he called the police. they trashed his house. did like $20,000 worth of damage. he's actually offered them to come back to his house and help them clean up. only one kid showed up out of the 300. >> know why they're dumb? because they tweeted it. >> that's what interested me about it was in terms of how you use social media. like they're living in real time. they're tweeting what they're doing. they're tweeting stuff this really don't want people to no, right? they're tweeting like we're here are the drugs and here's the whatever. the idea that you're sort of doing it and tweeting it at the same time. >> but on a good note, i do have something to throw in the potluck. trayvon martin foundation, it was a big case awhile ago.
a lot of back and forth. people thought it was going to die and go away. his mother and father started this foundation. we're doing a luncheon for it tomorrow in d.c. so if you can sort of give money, go to tmv luncheon.splash.com they're trying to help families victimized by this sort of thing and push back gun laws. >> are they hoping there will be a civil rights case? >> i think they still are. i'm going to talk to them tomorrow in d.c. so come to the luncheon and give money. i think they're hoping that but also moving on to how can they organize and sort of push back some of these laws an help some of these families impacted by violence. >> briefly, sir? >> i'll be a wonk here and notice the census bureau came out with the median income for american household. it's now lower than it was in 1989. that tells you a lot about what's going on in america. >> it does. >> sebastien? >> just today in the times i was reading a story about an of can american woman who was a slave in the 1850s.
>> fascinating story. >> amazing story. she lived on a plantation. >> she wrote a book. >> she wrote a novel. but she absorbed the literary atmosphere of the home that she lived in, worked, in and she wrote a novel and she escaped with their help in the 1850s. >> and it took them a long time to actually figure out who it was who wrote this novel. they've actually figured it out. we got to end the show. sebastien, thanks for being with us. for the rest of the panel as well. my mantra? always go the extra mile. to treat my low testosterone, i did my research.
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he has very strong opinions. new attitude on gays and abortion. he's thought on two classic sitcoms. why did bob newhart win his first emmy at the age of 84. what he tells me tonight exclusively. it's a big story, a big interview, billy ray cyrus probably the most famous father on planet earth right now.